The participatory video method also spread to another community in Fort Good Hope, where youth started to use their interviews with elders as a way to learn their traditional language called ´Slavey´ by listening to the language and building up word lists whilst translating the video.
Inuit elders and youth documented how they worked together on building a traditional sealskin kayak using traditional tools - the first traditional Copper Inuit kayak since 1950s. Beautifully shot and full of laughter and traditonal crafts and cooking this video is a fascinating document of a valuable community project.
In April 2009, a group of Inuit youth from a high school in Cambridge Bay (Canada) were trained to undertake participatory video projects. In their first video 'Growing up in Cambridge Bay' you see how they contacted local elders to help them to document traditional food gathering practises such as fishing and hunting, local legends, but also typical Arctic sports and cultural traditions such as throat singing and drum dances. In the same video the community elders also discuss their perspectives on a rapidly changing future for the community and their way of life. In July 2009, the transmission of traditional knowledge from elders to youth continued when the when they started working on this video.
The project was facilitated by InsightShare associate Erin Freeland as part of the Conversations with the Earth (CWE) project. Launched in April 2009, Conversations with the Earth is a collective opportunity to build a global movement for an indigenous-controlled community media network. CWE works with a growing network of indigenous groups and communities living in critical ecosystems around the world, from the Atlantic Rainforest to Central Asia, from the Philippines to the Andes, from the Arctic to Ethiopia. Through CWE, these indigenous communities are able to share their story of climate change. Through the creation of sustainable autonomous indigenous media hubs in these regions, CWE fosters a long-term relationship with these communities, based on principles of local control and supporting indigenous media capacity.